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Executive Assistant: Assassins #6 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on December 13, 2012 AT 06:41pm

It’s finally begun! The big Aspen Comics cross-over event “Executive Extinction” starts right now with issue #6 of Aspen’s first ongoing series, Executive Assistant: Assassins.  Lily makes her return to the series to kick off this event with a bang, chased by the arms dealer Matzutsu, who is hell bent on making the disgraced Executive Assistant a thing of  the past. The appearance of other Assistants also keep the action of the event going, kicking off the biggest event in Aspen Comics history off right.

This story is going to be very complex, judging by the plot events that unfolded this issue. Lily is going through hell trying to escape the hand of Matzutsu, and will go to any lengths to escape, including taking out anyone who enters her warpath. While not too much has been revealed in the opening issue, it leaves a lot of space open for creating a major conflict that will rock the entirety of the Executive Assistants universe. Lily looks as though she’s going to be an integral part of the story, with many other Assistants appearing throughout.

Writer Vince Hernandez looks as though he’ll have a tough job ahead of him creating this massive cross-over story. Judging by the opening issue, he’s up to the task. Hernandez knows this series and these characters better than anyone, and it shows. Lily and the rest of the Assistants have distinct and unique personalities that can only be attained through major character development, and that is one of the major positive factors in this series. The writing is great, a mix of massive character detail and entertaining plot.

The art team is full of Aspen greats, with Jordan Gunderson, Mark Roslan, Teodoro Gonzalez and Josh Reed all contributing. The style of this series is more crisp and vibrant than past issues, getting rid of some of the consistent blur and fogginess that plagued earlier issues. This time, the shadowing is deep and abundant, the colors are bright, and the human forms, something that Gunderson and Aspen have thrived with throughout their history, as accurate and lacking in the use of unrealistic posing, something  that many other companies feel is necessary.

SUMMARY: “Executive Extinction” is in full swing, and has jumped in full force. With crisp artwork and a fun opening shot for a long, complex plot, this book is going to be entertaining and a vision to behold, if nothing else. Aspen and the entire team working on this series, as well as the companion to the crossover,Executive Assistant: Iris should be very happy with the work done on this issue. It was a great opening shot, and will hopefully only get better from.

  • THE GOOD: Vibrant Artwork, Great Character Development
  • THE BAD: Vague Plot Progression To Start Event

Score: 8.5

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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